La Familia (rap group)

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La Familia
La Familia 2003.jpg
From left: Sișu Tudor, Puya
Background information
Also known as Sișu & Puya
Origin Sălăjan, Bucharest, Romania
Genres Gangsta rap, G-Funk
Years active 1996 - 2011
Labels Cat Music, Scandalos Music
Associated acts Il-Egal, Don Baxter, C.I.A., veRbal, 6ase6ase, Codu Penal, Honey, Chucho.
Past members Puya
Sișu Tudor

La Familia was a Romanian hip hop group from Sălăjan, Bucharest. Founded in 1996 by Dragoș "Puya" Gărdescu and Tudor Sișu, they have been widely regarded as pioneers of the gangsta rap subgenre in their native Romania. Mentored by fellow gangsta rap group B.U.G. Mafia, they quickly emerged as one of Romania's most popular rap acts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2003, group member Tudor Sișu was sentenced to three years in prison after being arrested by Romanian authorities in a widely publicized drug-trafficking case. The group also lost the rights to its name after a public feud with former mentors B.U.G. Mafia, whom they had attacked in an unreleased song the year before. Group member Puya worked mostly on his own on their 2004 effort, before managing to recover the rights for the band's name following a lengthy court trial.[1][2]

In late 2005, Sișu Tudor was paroled and the group resumed its activity before finally disbanding in 2011, following a string of failed attempts at releasing a comeback album. Gărdescu and Sișu have remained friendly, reuniting frequently on each other's solo efforts and occasionally for live performances.[3][4][5] For being very popular in Romania, Puya received an offer from DreamWorks Animation and he provides the voice of Smoove Move in the animated feature film, Turbo.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • 1997 - Băieţi de Cartier (Homeboys)
  • 1998 - Nicăieri Nu-i ca Acasă (Ain't No Place Like Home)
  • 1999 - Bine Ai Venit în Paradis (Welcome to Paradise)
  • 2000 - Ca la Noi (As We Do It)
  • 2001 - Familiarizează-te (Get Used to It)
  • 2003 - Punct şi de la Capăt (Full Stop. New Paragraph)
  • 2004 - Foame de Bani (Money Hunger)
  • 2006 - O Mare Familie (One Big Family)

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